Before I came to Dubai, Desert Safari was one of the most people suggest me to go , when you visit Dubai it seems like a must to do a safari tour. Personally, me cause I have never seen or been on a desert, I just have no idea what to expect, what to do, or how it’s going to be. The only image I have of a Desert is from movies, and in most of them desert seems like the last place you would want to be, cause they always picture desert as a dry, no life and you’ll die from severe dehydration if you walk in the desert hahahah, well?
My husband had a chance to go before me, he went on a morning safari tour with his colleagues, and his feedback was really nice. So when he asked me when I would like to do it too, I said since you’ve just done it, let’s wait until we have guest visiting us in Dubai, then we will take them there, and he agreed 🙂 .
Let me explain how this Desert Safari Tour works, so there’s options, if you’re very familiar with the desert and you have an off road big car, then you’re free to go into the desert by yourself. But if you’re like me, who don’t have any experience whatsoever with desert then joining a tour package will be the best option. There are so many tour companies available on the internet that you can easily reach, just give them a call on the same day or a day before you would like to do the tour, and they will arrange everything. There’s a morning tour package and an evening one, most people choose the evening tour. Package will include;
- Pick up by 4×4 wheel Drive from any point in Dubai and Sharjah between 3.00pm to 3.30 p.m.
- Drive through the desert – Dune Bashing.
- 20-30 minutes Dune Driving
- Sun Set Photography
- Camel Rides
- Belly Dancing
- Bar (On Payment basis)
- Henna Painting
- Hubbllee Bubblee (shisha)
- Arabic Coffee (gahwa) and Fresh Dates
- Traditional costumes
- Unlimited soft drinks, tea coffee and mineral water
- Buffet Dinner and B.B.Q.(vegetarian food also available on request)
In January my mother in law and my mom decided to visit us in Dubai, so while they are here it was a chance for us to go together to the desert. We gave one of the company a call and we agreed to meet next to the desert, since we have our own car, there was no need for them to pick us up home. It took us only about 30mins from Dubai Marina(where we stay) to the meeting point, we parked our car and got into the big 4 Wheel Drive, me mama and ymma(mom in law) sat in the backside of the car, AND OH MY GOD! It was a HUGE MISTAKE. See the second and third list of the package? 20-30 mins Dune Bashing, which means this car is going UP & DOWN through the desert, it literally felt like a ROLLER COASTER. I’m not exaggerating, for a first timer like us, THAT WAS A TERRIFYING EXPERIENCE. The car felt like it’s going to flip over, I mean, I have grandmas next to me, if it’s terrifying for me, how bad is this gonna feel like for them.
Ok! we finally arrived in the middle of the desert. Got out of the car, and were amazed by this view! It was still sunny but the wind was very strong. Also I found myself struggling to walk on the sand, since the sand keeps entering my shoes that it really became a workout just to walk hahah.
Mimi ride the Camel with his mom, me I wouldn’t do it, because I just don’t think it’s right to ride them for fun. And then we took the time to take pictures, it was very nice I must say, with the sun right above us, windy, and clean sand.
Our moms even do shallat on the sand, you know just like the old time 🙂
There are many other activities we could do, but I was too tired to do them, I just wanted to sit and relaxed after walking on the sand hahah.
When it was slowly getting dark, we entered the hall that is open air, chose a seat and drank hot milk tea, that felt very nice. We also put on a traditional Arabic costume that is provided for tourist to take pictures.
Then the shows start, from Belly dancing, Fire Attractions, to Turkish dance, all we enjoyed while eating non stop dinner buffet. The food they were serving was also quite nice, mostly chicken, lamb and beef barbeque.
Shows finished at 9pm, everybody got back to their tour car, and this time we were sitting in the middle, and road to go back was much smoother than before, so this was great, it felt also quick. We drove back home, while moms were sleeping behind. Overall, I agreed with people who were telling me to try the desert tour, it was definitely an unforgetable experience, glad we finally did that.
I hope this post will give you an idea how a desert tour is, and why not give it a try also 🙂
Until next time lovely people!